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Students sitting on bench outdoorsStandardized Tests: Most graduate programs require applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition, all international students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information on testing — and all admission requirements — please contact the program to which you are apply. (See this listing of admissions contacts.)

Full-Time Status: Students must register for nine credits or more to qualify for full-time status at Syracuse University. Some academic programs may define full-time status differently, but the graduate school cannot certify a student as full time if he or she is taking fewer than nine credits. The only exceptions are University Fellows; graduate assistants; graduate associates; students working on a thesis or dissertation (and registered for zero dissertation credits or for degree in progress); students studying for preliminary, qualifying, or comprehensive examinations; and students studying for language or tool requirements. In every exception listed, the student’s academic unit and the Graduate School must approve full-time status.

International Credentials: Applicants from the United States must earn at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university before beginning graduate study at Syracuse University. Applicants who did not attend a U.S. college or university must have a degree or diploma that is at least equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree. International credentials are judged in terms of the educational system and standards of the country, the type of institution attended, and the level of study completed before the date of enrollment at Syracuse University. Students who do not have an appropriate academic background will not be considered for graduate admission regardless of the name of any degree that they hold. Generally, applicants must have reached a level of study that qualifies them for acceptance to university graduate programs in the countries where they earned their undergraduate degrees.

For specific guidelines for equivalents to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management at 315-443-4492 /

Transfer Credits: Upon the recommendation of a student’s academic department, a maximum of 30 percent of the credits counted toward a master’s degree at Syracuse may be transferred from another institution. At least 50 percent of the coursework counted toward a doctoral degree (excluding dissertation credits) must be completed through Syracuse University as residence credit.